My Story

 This was my body almost every day when I struggled with gut issues.

I always was and still am a junkie for performance and aesthetics.  For all of my life I’ve worked on being the Ferrari of human form.  In 2016, at a particular height in my health and fitness journey, I experienced a decline in true health, energy and aesthetic appeal, in spite of being a sentinel for what I thought was health.  The realities of career-life, fatherhood, and growing pains of the self-discovery journey we all embark on, stripped me of energy and time.  I thought, no big deal, I’ll just get back into it again and be right where I was before, right?

I tried everything in order to get my body back to where I needed it to be.  Spent thousands of hours studying gut health, biochemistry, fat loss, longevity, performance and experimenting on myself.  I worked harder, stopped making lifestyle decisions that sabotaged my well-being.  I ate more strictly and restrictively.  Studied under countless “authority” figures. I did the Keto diet, frequent fasting, carnivore, predominantly vegetables, and paleo.  I experimented with a wide variety of products, gadgets, and modalities only to end up with more bloating, chronic body pains, frequent trips to the bathroom at night, gut issues, fatigue, brain fog, weaker muscles, and dad-bod!  There were many days where I felt so sluggish I needed to take a nap at 1:00 pm.

The techniques that once brought me to greatness were now failing me.  I was humbled.  I  almost began to accept what I was experiencing was the aging process my dad would always harp on about, “wait until you get older, son you’re gonna’ have a gut,” he would say as he cupped the front of his stomach.  The irony is my dad was my earliest influence to pursue health.

On that note, I made a promise to myself circa 13 years old to maintain peak health and performance into my 80’s.  But why, when I considered myself one of the hardest and most intense workers I know, was I falling short of keeping this promise?  The answer;  I needed to get hyper realistic about how the human body actually works, garner a deeper understanding of the root cause of my ailments, and manage my vices of partying and recreational drugs.  I didn’t need to work out even harder than I already was.  That would have resulted in premature aging, a beat up, worn out, and imbalanced body.  Not to mention an irritable existence, void of the energy needed to fully experience all life has to offer.

If you want to take charge, get to the root cause of your health issues and not mask symptoms with a band-aid like treatment.  If you want to utilize an approach based on the complex science of how the body actually works and truly heals, then keep reading because I know I can help and bear the weight of those complexities for you.

My name is Ryan Stoner, certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist Practitioner,  certified Immune-centric Health Coach, ex-bodybuilder of some 20 years, and ex-personal trainer to hundreds of people.  I received my degree in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology.  I’ve analyzed and can reference some 200 plus scientific research papers on gut health, detoxification, fat loss, muscle building, flexibility and longevity.  I didn’t study the literature blindly as I am fully aware that science, while one of our greatest tools, is simply data and has many accounts of being misleading for a plethora of reasons. I am a physiology rebel with real life practical experience who questions tradition to keep on the cutting edge of treatment and advising.

You’ve just seen from my own story I know what it feels like to spin your tires with your health.  To fail where you were once succeeding.

To make a long story short after spending thousands of hours and dollars researching, obsessively learning, and experimenting with everything I could about gut health and health in general, after getting labs done I discovered most of my problems were stemming from one thing:

Dysfunctional microbiome and leaky gut.

Your gut is intimately connected to every system in the entire body, hormones, thyroid, skin, metabolism, immune health, and brain to name a few.

Here are some of the indicators your gut health may be compromised:

  • You don’t tolerate food well
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic bloating
  • Acne or skin issues
  • Autoimmunity
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Sugar or carb cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Weak immunity

Once I was able to determine the root cause of my issues through lab-work, I was finally able to heal and optimize my health by utilizing an immune-centric approach.  I was finally able to return to balance and resiliency.

Fast forward to now. 

I started STŌN Functional Nutrition because I know there are many people who live with unresolved gut issues with symptoms manifested systemically that prevent them from achieving their health and fitness goals.  But more truthfully my work goes beyond that. 

By sharing the culmination of my life’s experiences and studies it is my mission to guide people into their best health and fitness and sustain it for their entire lives.  At STŌN Functional Nutrition I help people look, move and feel their best by utilizing approaches based on how the human body actually works.  Not just any human body, but your individual body.  I am confident and endeavor to make working with me a positive life-changing experience. 

Thank you sincerely for taking your time to read about me!



  • No more bloating

  • No more gas or burping

  • No more brain fog

  • No more fad dieting or aggressive fasting

  • Increased energy and vitality

  • A clear understanding of how to continue good health for life

  • Reduced body fat

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Reduced pain

  • Reduced food sensitivities

  • Improved immunity

  • Maintain consistent level of fitness and health